- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has given his thoughts on the security challenges in the country
- Wike accused the federal government of playing politics with issues of security
- He condemned the destruction of the tenets of the rule of law in the country
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the federal overnment of playing politics with the security challenges in Rivers state.
The governor made the accusation when he received members of the governing council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, April 10.
According to him, when Rivers state had issues with kidnappings, the federal government and her agents plotted to declare a state of emergency instead of addressing the security challenge.
His words: “The federal government politicized the issue of security in Rivers state at a time when her intervention was required. That is why the whole country has been engulfed by insecurity.
“Every day, you hear people being killed like chickens in Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara, Kwara, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Yobe and Borno states; the case of Offa where 50 persons were killed is disheartening.
“After 50 persons were murdered in cold blood, the very next day, the authorities claimed that seven persons have been arrested. If the security agencies have the capacity to arrest almost immediately, why not stop the killings?”
He decried the situation where Nigeria answered the Big Brother Africa title but remained unable to uphold the rule of law, conduct credible elections and institute basic governance process.
The governor said every profession had the responsibility to play a role in the development of the country, especially speaking out against the destruction of the tenets of the rule of law.
“If there is no rule of law, it negatively affects the professions. Professionals can no longer stand aloof while the country degenerates,” he added.
Earlier, the president of ICAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Zakari, said the insititute was desirous of partnering with the Rivers state government on issues that concerned the organisation’s core values.
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Two days ago, Governor Wike raised an alarm over a purported plot by the Federal Government and her agents to frame him up by planting illegal items on him in any of his trips outside the shores of Nigeria, and have him quizzed and embarrassed by foreign security agencies.
A statement sent to NAIJ.com by Simeon Nwakaudu, special assistant to the governor on electronic media noted that investigations by the Rivers state governor revealed the Federal Government is using her security agencies to plan the set up anytime the governor travels abroad.
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